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April - Winter Trips

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Each year the wintering staff get two weeks away from base on training
trips - one before Midwinter and one after. I had my trip in early April
with glorious weather, not long after the ship left. Six of us travelled
the 90km or so overland to Carvajal, a former British research station
(it was called Adelaide originally) now used by the Chileans. Actually,
the Chileans haven't been there for three years now, so the place has a
rather spooky and abandoned feel to it.The aerial photo was taken out of the window of the Dash-7 during a
training flight.The passport stamp is one of the rarest in the world - it's in the Base
Commander's office drawer at Carvajal. As (at present) only around 10
people a year travel to Carvajal from Rothera (the others get stuck in
bad weather) it's pretty rarely used! The writing translates as "Chilean
Air Force - Chilean Antarctic Territory - Scientific Base Luis Carvajal".
10th Jun 2006, 00:38  

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teflon says:

That passport stamp is the most amazing thing, ever.

Probably.

10th Jun 2006, 01:23

michaelpj says:

Thanks... Shame about the naff dancing penguin!

10th Jun 2006, 01:26

teflon says:

I think that's what makes it so cool. That said, immigration officers may now laugh at you for it, or suspect you've made it up...

10th Jun 2006, 01:28

michaelpj says:

I'm going home via Chile, so it'll be interesting to see what they make of it!

10th Jun 2006, 01:31

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